This sounds like another great example of government waste! I watched something on PBS about the NYCHA one time. The people lived in the most disgusting, mold infested apartments, so bad that their kids were getting really sick and the housing authority wouldn't take care of the repairs. I guess this explains why.

As frustrated NYCHA employees were told cleanup and repair supplies weren’t available, the agency was quietly selling off boxes and boxes of unused supplies, a Daily News investigation has found.
"They'd say they didn't have material to clean with. It was a continuous complaining and concern. They didn't have mops. They didn't have buckets," said Greg Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, which represents 8,000 NYCHA workers. "Now to find out that the Housing Authority was sitting on all of these things? Some of my members didn't have uniforms. Come to find out they had uniforms. They were warehousing all this material."